Constance Street Public Housing
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
The Constance Street project was Brisbane Housing Company’s opportunity to optimise the form and amenity of its affordable housing program, developed over several years of research and project implementation in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.
It comprises ten levels – two levels of offices and eight levels of 55 studio and 23 single bed apartments. All 78 units are arranged around a full height atrium which is daylit from above and naturally ventilates the building. The atrium is layered with vertical gardens and seating nooks that act as social spaces, protected from railway and connector street environs.
The building’s character is robust due to the nature of its purpose, with this character also responding to its gritty urban setting. The architecture is created by alternating solid and translucent panels, the latter wrapping over the roof to envelope the atrium which forms the residents’ retreat and communal heart.